The chinook winds that blow through the Crowsnest Pass are harnessed by hundreds of wind turbines. As the winds come over the mountains, the air is compressed and this results in very rapid temperature rises... an nice relief from the bone chilling cold that winter can bring here. Winds can reach more than 80 mph.
Most of the wind turbines are mounted on Cowley Ridge west of Pincher Creek with a few others scattered around the Crowsnest Pass, Cardston and as far east as Lethbridge. Another major installation sits atop the ridge
just south of Magrath by the Jenson Reservoir